Red-breasted Merganser

(Mergus serrator)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

Habitat

Large rivers, lakes, especially with rocky shorelines and islands

Size

19 to 26 in length

30 wingspan


Identification

 

 
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Migration

Early March to late May and early September to mid-December


Comments

Subspecies
The Greenland population was formerly treated as the subspecies Mergus serrator schioleri. However, the differences are not enough to justify the separation. There are no subspecies currently recognized.


Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  BTO Bird ID - Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser
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Published on Aug 9, 2012

Identifying the two large sawbills, Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser, can be pretty straight-forward when confronted with male birds. However, the females, or redheads as they are more often called, can be much more difficult. This, the latest ID video gives useful pointers on how to confidently tell them apart.

 
     
  middelste zaagbek mergus merganser red-breasted
martijnlovesbach
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2007

middelste zaagbek mergus merganser red-breasted

 
     
  Red breasted merganser diving and catching food
MakaryKowacki
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2010

Red breasted merganser diving and catching food.

Location: Georgian Bay at Cyprus Lake Campground in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

by: Makary Kowacki

 
     
  Red Brested Merganser
TheWaterfowlersWorkshop
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Red Breasted Mergansers off LBI NJ

 
     
  Red-breasted Merganser
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Published on Mar 10, 2014

Red-breasted Merganser - Squamish River Estuary

 
     

 

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